Three Mexican police officers were killed in a violent clash at Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, reports The Los Angeles Times.
Mexican authorities engaged individuals believed to be associated with regional drug cartels after two suspected narcotics smugglers opened fire on police as they moved in for an arrest. Shots were fired in the food court of the airport's second terminal, sending travelers scrambling for cover beneath tables.
Two Mexican police officers were killed in the ensuing gunfire, and a third later died of his injuries. No civilian casualties were reported following the incident. It is believed that the suspected traffickers were wearing police uniforms to avoid detection by authorities.
Jorge Andres Gomez, a spokesman for the airport, said travel to Mexico had not been disrupted by the situation, and that no flights were delayed or canceled as a result of the shooting.
According to CNN, more than 198 pounds of cocaine were intercepted by Mexican authorities last year. Approximately 440 pounds of the controlled substance have been seized so far this year. Figures from the Mexican government indicate that more than 47,000 people have died in drug-related violence throughout the country since December 2005.